Elmira, Aug. 8.
Everything O. K. So that’s all right. I will remark, though, in passing, that no proposition has ever been made to Dustin of any kind—& none received from Dustin—so that report falls to the ground.2 I have made propositions to no publisher.
Yes, I like the idea of issuing Nov. 1st—or Dec. 1st or 15th,—whichever date seems best. What I am after is the best date. of the three. Choose it yourself. If you think it best to issue Dec. 15, & begin canvassing Nov. 1st 4 or 5 weeks before that date, all right. That would make it essentially a holiday book & give it its very best chance, perhaps.
But if you prefer another date, let it be Nov. 1st, so as to get the month or 5 weeks’ canvassing done before the election.
I think the advantage lies with Dec. 15—don’t you?
But whichever date is chosen, let us make sure to be out promptly on that very day, & with an edition that will amply supply every order, so that there shall be no complaint on that head.3
I remember, now, you explained the inexpediency of offering prizes, once before. So that may as well be dropped.4
I want the “Atlantic” notice of “Sawyer” to be put into the prospectus & in the slips that go to editors, for I think & a line or two of it in your advertisements, for I think it will have a good effect.5 I wish I had some of the English notices, but I suppose they have been thrown aside & lost at my house in Hartford, as I did not order any newspapers to be forwarded here.
I have just returned Chap. 10, or 11, I forget which—of Sawyer. They are admirably clean, nice proofs. One does not curse & swear over them.
Let me know which of the two dates of publication you decide to use,.
The enclosed notice, from the Spectator has just come. I have bracketed good sentences in it, but it is all good, & possibly you can find use for it.
Chatto and Windus think
Company here to dinner—so I will quit.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. By Mark Twain (Chatto and
[letter docketed by Bliss:] Private [and by his staff:] Saml L. Clemens ǀ Elmira ǀ Aug 8 ″76 N.Y.
CU-MARK. The enclosed clipping from the London Spectator for 15 July 1876, 901, does not survive. The text is transcribed from a microfilm copy of the newspaper.
Provenance:See Mendoza Collection in Description of Provenance.
Emendations and textual notes:
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